Code reviews within a Production Environment are the responsibility of a DevOps Engineer, not a Developer
Some programmers still struggle to identify the extent of code reviews' value and their place within a team's workflow. However, as Devops Engineers are ultimately responsible for any production issue - surely, they are ultimately responsible for all code reviews?
How does a DevOps Engineer fit into the Development process?
A Devops Engineer must sit above software developers, system operators (SysOps) and other production IT staff to oversee code releases and deployments.
A DevOps Engineer needs to know how to manage the IT infrastructure that supports software code in dedicated, multi-tenant or hybrid -cloud environments. They might have to provision resources, select an appropriate deployment model, or direct testing protocol to validate each release and monitor performance after release. Tasks might include test data preparation, results analysis, problem troubleshooting and issue communication back to the software developers.
What’s wrong with developers performing code reviews?
Developers who try to fit code reviews within an existing workflow just slow production down. However, one organised by the DevOps Engineer will maximise the efficiency out of every code review.
How can a Devops Engineer do things differently?
The Devops Engineer should approach the software development life cycle with frequent, incremental changes to code versions, which means frequent deployment and testing regimens 📈. Although DevOps Engineers rarely code from scratch, they must understand the basics of software development languages and be familiar with the development tools used to create new code or update existing code.
A DevOps Engineer works with development staff to tackle the necessary coding whilst scripting solutions to connect various application elements, such as APIs, libraries and software development kits (SDK's). Code reviews organised and managed by the Devops Engineer allows Developers to carry on with their job efficiently whilst at the same time enabling a team’s integration with other components such as SQL data management or messaging tools that development teams need to run the software release on production infrastructure
In summary, by ensuring the Code Review process is handled by a DevOps Engineer the productivity of your development process will be far more efficient.
Do you agree?